Arts Grants 2021/2022 round 2 Closing date: 15 Sep 2021

Arts Grants offer short-term project funding for New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations (including groups and collectives). This funding enables more sustainable careers, encourages innovation and the development of arts practice, and provides opportunities for diverse communities to access the arts.

More about the Arts Grant programme

Read a summary of this round's results which includes an overview of the results, commentary on our observations about what the strongest applications this round included, both generally (ie across all artforms and applications) as well as artform-specific.

Who got funded this round

81 grants totalling $3,709,891 have been offered to support projects by New Zealand artists and practitioners in this funding round, across the three funding pools (General, Māori and Pacific).

We increased the budget for this round by $1.2 million, drawing on the $5 million we were allocated in September from the Government’s COVID-19 Delta Relief Funding. This allowed us to support an additional 28 projects.

Read more in our media release 'Creative New Zealand welcomes additional $5 million from Government to support the arts sector through Delta'

We received 200 eligible applications, with a total of $7,727,335 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 56 projects totalling $2,269,121 were supported. $5,644,610 was requested by 162 applicants.
  • Ngā toi Māori: 13 projects totalling $761,039 were supported. $1,000,309 was requested by 19 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 12 projects totalling $679,732 were supported. $1,082,416 was requested by 19 applicants.

Also:

  • 35 of the funded projects supported the development of arts practice and the creation of new work.
  • 19 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to participate in the arts.
  • 17 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to experience high-quality arts.
  • 4 supported New Zealand arts to gain international success.
  • 6 supported building the resilience of the New Zealand arts sector.

Artforms were supported as follows:

  • 9 Community Arts
  • 5 Craft/object
  • 3 Customary Māori Arts
  • 5 Dance
  • 4 Interarts
  • 15 Literature
  • 10 Multidisciplinary Arts
  • 9 Music
  • 2 Pacific heritage arts
  • 9 Theatre
  • 10 Visual Arts

Successful applications will lead to 183 activities in the following regions:

  • 55 Auckland
  • 27 National
  • 25 Wellington
  • 20 Otago
  • 13 Canterbury
  • 9 Waikato
  • 6 Bay of Plenty
  • 5 Manawatu-Whanganui
  • 5 Online
  • 4 Nelson-Marlborough
  • 3 Gisborne
  • 3 Hawkes Bay
  • 3 Taranaki
  • 2 Overseas
  • 2 Southland
  • 1 Northland

Funding recipients

Ali Foa'i

Towards the development of the second draft of the script for the stage play 'Lupahila'.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $26,839

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Amanaki Prescott, Phylesha Brown-Acton

Towards associated costs for the Pasifika Pride Festival 2022.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Anna Miles

Towards a publication on paintings by Barbara Tuck, supported by exhibitions at Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi and Ramp Gallery.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $34,999

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Aotearoa Community Wellbeing Trust

Towards providing an engaging performing arts pathway that enhances youth wellbeing.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $67,108

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Auckland Fringe Festival

Towards personnel costs for the development of Auckland Fringe Festival's community engagement.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $52,740

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Audrey Baldwin

Towards an interactive performance/installation prescribing artworks at The Performance Arcade 2022.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $19,155

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Barbara Makuati-Afitu

Towards a showcase of iKiribati women makers and wearers of tibuta in Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Pacific heritage arts .

AWARDED: $59,260

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Black Creatives Aotearoa

Towards a week-long workshop and stage reading to support six emerging Black playwrights.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $33,667

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Blindfolded and Led to the Woods

To record a full-length album for worldwide release.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $23,400

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Brian Falkner

Towards writing the third book in a series about a New Zealand boy during World War II.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $20,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Bridget Sutherland

To complete an experimental documentary on performance and kinetic artist Peter Roche.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $55,577

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Canterbury University Press

To publish a new collection of short-form writing from Frankie McMillan.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Ceramics Association of New Zealand Incorporated

Towards the Ceramics NZ 2022 touring potter programme 'Coil Aotearoa' with Carla Ruka.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $16,829

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Chloe Loftus

To remount and tour an outdoor inclusive aerial dance production across Aotearoa New Zealand in 2022.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $22,573

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Circability Trust

Towards a programme investing in the future of Social Circus in Aotearoa by providing pathways for young people to develop, grow and thrive.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $65,100

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Creative Capital Arts Trust

Towards the development of New Zealand Fringe venues support and a visual arts development project.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $69,896

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

David Riley

To create and publish four new books for young people.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $28,704

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Dylan Lardelli

To commission a pair of new works for solo instruments.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $30,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Equal Voices Arts

Towards the filming and touring of accessible devised theatre performance performed in New Zealand Sign Language and spoken English.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $51,918

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Eyegum Music Collective

To deliver Welcome to Nowhere Festival 2022 - a two-day festival showcasing independent music, poetry, comedy, performance and visual art.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $36,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Faith Wilson

Towards writing and editing a book of poetry by Faith Wilson, published by Saufo`i Press.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $8,200

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Fantail Creative, Emma Vickers

Towards the re-development of 'Minema', an immersive multidisciplinary experience.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $22,950

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Featherston Booktown

Towards the associated costs of seven events at the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $74,506

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Festival Opera

Towards performances of 'The Magic Flute' during the Art Deco Festival 2022.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Galia Amsel

To develop and create a new body of work for solo exhibition in Sydney.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $22,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Grace Ryder, Xin Cheng, adam ben-dror

To research and develop a body of work on resourcefulness for a new online platform, presented with Urban Dream Brokerage and LIFE, Rotterdam.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $41,200

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Grace Taylor, Carolyn Rudzinski

Towards the creation of an anthology of the vibrant poetic voices who have thrived and impacted New Zealand performance poetry in the past 10-15 years.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $26,500

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Hillary Samuela

Towards the development of a Tokelauan double bill theatre project.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $10,307

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

HOEA! Gallery and Project Space

Towards three exhibitions and related public programmes at HOEA! Gallery and Project Space in Te Tairawhiti.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $74,657

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Ira Collectives

Towards 6 pou or similar artworks that will act as a cultural trail for culturally significant areas in Queenstown.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Jeanine Clarkin

Towards an arts mentoring project.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $23,525

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Jerome Kavanagh

To develop new works for online global sharing and further develop ORO ATUA Taonga Puoro.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $18,782

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Jignal Bhagvandas

Towards a contemporary Bharatanatyam dance production of well-known fairy tales with a feminist twist.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $51,731

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

John Rae

To compose, perform and live record a series of New Zealand jazz works for a multicultural ensemble.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $37,736

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Johnson Witehira

Towards developing 'Bloodlines', a graphic novel centred around and driven by Māori characters.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $74,120

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Jonathan Waters

Towards Ōtepoti Hip-Hop Hustle (ŌHHH), a live showcase which celebrates the Four Elements of Hip-Hop.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $40,849

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Kirsty Baker

Towards the research and writing of a significant new book on women artists, to be published by Auckland University Press.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $43,480

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Kiwi Christmas Books

To collect and distribute brand new Kiwi books to children who would otherwise go without.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $21,220

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Lagi-Maama Academy & Consultancy

Towards a project that honours the untapped knowledge of Pasifka ancestors found in fāgogo and fananga.

This content is tagged as Pacific arts .

AWARDED: $74,900

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Massey University Press

Towards publishing five non-fiction books.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $58,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Metiria Turei

Towards three totemic textile taniko sculptures on the gifts and dangers of whano kē - erratic times.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $11,830

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Metro Magazine, Alana Lopesi

To establish a new Arts Editor role at Metro magazine for 2022.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $71,040

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Michael Vinten

To record and publish a collection of unheard New Zealand songs.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $14,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Moana Fresh Ltd

Towards developing phase 1 of a Pasifika-centred toolkit for the creative industries in Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Movement Art Practice

Towards four dance residencies in Ōtautahi Christchurch to expand movement, writing and research practices.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $57,620

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Nahyeon Lee

Towards the development of 'Extanz Volume I: an Epic on Power'.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $27,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Natasha Kohler

For the Tup Lang Choreographic Award towards development of a site-specific dance work, 'Body of Earth'.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $10,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

National Youth Theatre Company

To support 300 young Aucklanders on an intense theatre development process leading up to an inspirational performance adventure.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $25,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Nelson Fringe Arts Charitable Trust

Towards the Nelson Fringe Festival 2022, a multidisciplinary festival supporting emerging artists to showcase new work.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $19,600

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

New Zealand Fashion Museum

To commission Edith Amituanai to create a new body of photographs for presentation within the 2022 Auckland Arts Festival.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $17,778

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Nga Rangatahi Toa

Towards a multi-disciplinary theatre show devised by the young people of Ngā Rangatahi Toa.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $41,350

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Odd Fam

Towards 'Numb', a musical set in an alternative universe that re-narrates the migrant dream.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Paemanu

Towards a series of gatherings to strengthen and develop Ngāi Tahu based arts practitioners in Ōtepoti.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $74,300

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Pati Tyrell

Towards the research and development of a new collaborative artwork.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Pomare Puia

Towards 'Max Volume', a workshop series designed for aspiring musicians aged 13-18 years old.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $51,525

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Russ Flat

To create new work with a historical, political and cultural look at the Heretaunga Block, Hawkes Bay using cutting edge technologies for exhibition.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $41,961

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Samoa House Library

To develop a research-oriented residency programme for artists, arts-related practitioners, and groups to work with Samoa House Library.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sarah Johnson, Deborah Hinde

To write, illustrate, and publish an entertaining picturebook about Harold the giraffe.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $4,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sau E Siva Creatives

Towards a world premiere of a new Pacific dance theatre show 'Manamea'.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $74,100

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Sos & Sha Creative

Towards the development rehearsals of an award-winning solo show, 'Waiting'.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $29,949

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Stroma New Music Trust

To commission three new chamber ensemble works and to present two concerts.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $74,230

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

TAANE METE

Towards the first stage of a 3 part new dance development, ‘Te Mata’.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $73,687

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

TAHI New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance

Towards the commissioning and presentation of new work for 2022 TAHI Festival.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $40,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Takahe Collective Trust

To create and publish three issues of takahē magazine: two print issues and one digital issue.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $27,374

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tame Iti Ltd

Towards an art and performance installation on parliament grounds commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Nga Tamatoa tent embassy.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Taurima Vibes

Towards associated costs to develop 'Te Whakawhirinaki Kete', a digital hauora platform for the wellbeing resilience New Zealand's arts sector.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $74,960

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Marunui Hotene

Towards the development of ©HUR's strategy and the creation of a new body of artwork.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $60,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Te Rongo Kirkwood

Towards the creation of blown glass vessels for exhibition in 2022.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust

Towards a public festival and artist wānanga gathering of customary Māori tā moko and world Indigenous tatau practices.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $74,896

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Te Whare Tapere o Te Arawa

To develop and stage a new Haka Theatre production that engages with Te Arawa purakau and histories.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $70,544

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Te Whe

Towards a wānanga for Māori storytellers to assess the state of Māori arts and literature.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $54,697

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

The Agenda Zine

Towards publishing 'The Agenda Zine Volume 3', a Tāmaki Makaurau-based queer zine with the goal of amplifying queer voices and art to Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $20,355

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Dust Palace Productions Ltd

Towards the workshop development of a new cirque theatre work, in partnership between Dust Palace and Te Rēhia Theatre.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $74,968

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Timothy Veling

To publish an artist book in collaboration with XYZ Books, Portugal and Rim Books, New Zealand.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $12,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tim Wigmore Design

Towards the development of research-based studio furniture works.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $46,700

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Troy Tu'ua

Towards a new Pasifika theatre work 'Alatini' as part of Auckland Arts Festival 2022.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $74,600

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

University of Canterbury

Towards The Ursula Bethell Creative New Zealand Residency in Creative Writing for Aotearoa New Zealand writers at the University of Canterbury.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $33,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

University of Otago College of Education

Towards an established residency programme for a New Zealand writer of children's literature to create imaginative works for young people.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $44,094

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Wellington Jazz and Music Festival Trust

To commission four Aotearoa New Zealand musicians to compose new music.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Wellington Opera

Towards a performance season of Verdi's 'La Traviata'.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Women's Art Initiative Wai Marlborough

Towards art-making as resistance and response to violence.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $14,301

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund